Seattle Seahawks take J.J. McCarthy as QB of the future, get big up front in 7-round NFL Mock Draft

Seattle prepares for life after Geno Smith, and gets big up front.

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No. 151: Drake Nugent, C, Michigan

Drake Nugent transferred from Stanford to Michigan in 2023 and became the starting center for the National Champion Michigan Wolverines. Like Beebe, Nugent drops in the draft becasue of his below average length and limited athleticism. Both are powerful, crafty linemen though Nugent lacks the versatility that Beebe brings. Nugent struggles against finesse moves but offers a dense build and strong base. He's also consistently available, something that has been lacking in Seattle for years.

Another Mike Macdonald print on the franchise, Nugent is a classic, powerful center you'd assosciate with a Harbaugh team.

While Nugent didn't play in Ann Arbor while Macdonald was there, Macdonald is familiar with the University of Michigan. He and General Manager John Schneider should be looking for a center as they build up the trenches going forward.

No. 194: Josh Wallace, CB, Michigan

Josh Wallace is a standout cornerback from the University of Michigan. Wallace was a 4-year starter for UMass before transferring to Michigan and winning a national championship. He did not allow a touchdown in 2023 and was instrumental in Michigan's win over Alabama in the College Football Playoff.

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While Josh Wallace and Mike Macdonald didn't bump elbows during their respective times at Michigan, Wallace played well in the scheme. That same scheme has wrinkles that are featured from the Wolverines, Ravens, and now Chargers and Seahawks.

No. 233: Evan Anderson, NT, Florida Atlantic

Evan Anderson, a former lacrosse player, is one of the biggest kept secrets in the 2024 NFL Draft. The 6'3", 350-pound nose tackle is a brick wall at the point of attack, but he also offers a little bit of juice when pushing the pocket.

Anderson was a team captain for FAU and named some variation of second-team All-AAC the past three years. He was a second-team freshman All-American his freshman year. Evan Anderson would be a stout addition to a now formidable defensive line in Seattle.

Cody Spears' passion lies in evaluating NFL prospects and following their stories. Cody enjoys spending his time on road trips with his wife, Amanda, and son, Bentley. Cody and his family are super fans of the show “Survivor” on CBS. He is a future Sole Survivor. You can find him on Twitter/X at @TheCodySpears